First Regional INSPIRE Conference

SAN SALVADOR, November 15, 2019 - Representatives of the governments of Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama met this week in San Salvador, El Salvador, to share experiences in preventing and responding to violence against children and adolescents in a comprehensive manner. The meeting was based on the INSPIRE: Seven strategies to end violence against children.

INSPIRE is a toolkit developed by 10 organizations, including several United Nations agencies and other international partners in preventing violence against children. The INSPIRE strategies draw on evidence-based interventions that have demonstrated success globally in reducing violence against children and adolescents by promoting multisectoral collaboration. These strategies are:

  • 1) Implementation and enforcement of laws.
  • 2) Norms and values.
  • 3) Safe environments.
  • 4) Parent and caregiver support.
  • 5) Income and economic strengthening.
  • 6) Response and support.
  • 7) Education and life skills.

In the region, one in two children experience violence. Children are exposed to corporal and psychological punishment, urban and gang violence, physical and sexual abuse, exploitation and other forms of extreme violence. Eliminating all forms of violence against children is a priority in Latin America and the Caribbean, given the region’s very high prevalence of homicides and violence against children and adolescents.

The countries represented at the first Regional INSPIRE Conference in San Salvador, jointly organized by the Global Alliance to End Violence Against Children, UNICEF, PAHO/WHO, UNODC, Save the Children and Together for Girls, committed to promoting the seven INSPIRE strategies in their countries in order to end violence against children and strengthen the capacity of their professionals. This first conference discussed several topics of particular relevance for the region, such as armed and gang violence, school violence, corporal punishment and sexual violence.

Together with 23 other countries in the world, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico are pathfinding countries, so recognized by the Global Alliance to End Violence against Children, that have expressed high level commitment to develop and implement national action plans to end violence against children, thereby accelerating the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16.2.

The event began with a strong message from a group of adolescents from El Salvador calling on all institutions and partners of participating countries to address the violence that affects them. Let's listen to and work together with them so that all the rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child become a reality.

Related links

INSPIRE. Seven strategies fro Ending Violence Against Children:

INSPIRE technical package

INSPIRE Handbook. Action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children

INSPIRE Indicator Guidance and Results Framework

Violence against Children (PAHO)


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